Open Space Land

  1. Any land area designated as open space land by an official comprehensive land use plan adopted by any city or county and zoned accordingly.
  2. Any land area in which the preservation in its present use would:
    A. Conserve and enhance natural or scenic resources.

    B. Protect streams or water supply.

    C. Promote conservation of soils, wetlands, beaches or tidal marshes. (As a condition of granting open space classification, the legislative body may not require public access on land classified for the purpose of promoting conservation of wetlands.)

    D. Enhance the value to the public of neighboring parks, forests, wildlife preserves, nature reservations or sanctuaries or other open space.

    E. Enhance recreation opportunities.

    F. Preserve historic sites.

    G. Preserve visual quality along highway, road, and street corridors or scenic vistas.

    H. Retain in its natural state tracts of land not less than one acre situated in an urban area and open to public use on such conditions as may be reasonably required by the legislative authority granting the open space classification.
  3. Any land meeting the definition of “farm and agricultural conservation land," which means either:
    A. Land previously classified under farm and agriculture classification that no longer meets the criteria and is reclassified under open space land; or

    B. “Traditional farmland," not classified, that has not been irrevocably devoted to a use inconsistent with agricultural uses, and that has a high potential for returning to commercial agriculture.